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Trauma

Help and support for trauma reactions in Gosford & The Central Coast

The emotional aftermath of a traumatic event can be every bit as devastating as any physical injury. Whether trauma stems from a personal tragedy, a natural disaster, or other overwhelming life experiences, it can shatter your sense of security and leave you feeling vulnerable, helpless, and even numb. When trauma is part of your job, the cumulative effect of trauma can be difficult to manage, especially in organisational cultures that foster a “suck it up” mentality.

There is no right or wrong way to feel after a traumatic incident. A traumatic event can often leave you feeling vulnerable, helpless and numb. Trauma symptoms can appear relatively soon after a devastating event or they can take some time to come to the surface.

It’s not uncommon for someone who has experienced a traumatic event to react to relatively safe situations as if they are threatening. Regardless of whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, therapy can help you identify the situations that trigger a fear response and help you develop strategies to better cope with them.

Toni Metelerkamp specialises in workplace trauma for police officers, paramedics, fire fighters and military personnel.

The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health has useful information about trauma symptoms and trauma treatment.

For more information about therapy and counselling for trauma related difficulties please contact us.